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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Rotorcraft Report: FAA Grants Production Certificate to Columbia

In front of a Model 107-II are (left to right) Chris Hankland, Columbia’s director of quality, FAA Inspector Aaron Kathman and Tim Vranna, manager of FAA’s Seattle Manufacturing and Inspection District Office with Columbia director of materials Chris Hansel, director of engineering Paul Trese, executive vice president Pete Lance, and Nancy and Wes Lematta, founder and chairman of the board.

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Aurora, Ore.-based Columbia Helicopters has completed the process to achieve an FAA production certificate for the Model 234 and 107-II helicopters. The agency issued the certificate following a months-long preparation and evaluation effort with FAA’s Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO) and Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) in Seattle.

Columbia President Mike Fahey says the production certificate will allow the company to expand the ability to support its helicopters and “form the basis for potential expansion of our fleet.” Columbia acquired the type certificates for the Boeing Model 234 and Boeing Vertol Model 107-II in December 2006. The company performs logging, construction and petroleum exploration missions, as well as aerial firefighting operations.

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